Salud Para Su Corazon (health for your heart) community health worker model: community and clinical approaches for addressing cardiovascular disease risk reduction in Hispanics/Latinos

J Ambul Care Manage. Oct-Dec 2011;34(4):362-72. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0b013e31822cbd0b.


This article describes 6 Salud Para Su Corazon (SPSC) family of programs that have addressed cardiovascular disease risk reduction in Hispanic communities facilitated by community health workers (CHWs) or Promotores de Salud (PS). A synopsis of the programs illustrates the designs and methodological approaches that combine community-based participatory research for 2 types of settings: community and clinical. Examples are provided as to how CHWs can serve as agents of change in these settings. A description is presented of a sustainability framework for the SPSC family of programs. Finally, implications are summarized for utilizing the SPSC CHW/PS model to inform ambulatory care management and policy.

MeSH terms

  • Capacity Building
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / ethnology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Community Health Workers*
  • Community Networks / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Texas